The contest featured 10 teams, all competing to create the ultimate Ford Transit Connect Wagon for the do-it-yourself enthusiast. The winning builders, members of Twin Cities Maker, created the Hackmobile. Twin Cities Maker is a nonprofit community organization that operates a shop by the name of Hack Factory. At this shop, members build projects out of different materials and hold classes for the community. Their main idea was to design a Ford Transit Connect Wagon that would transport a three-axis CNC machine, known as The Fabber, that serves as a multipurpose tool in fabricating. The Hackmobile would also have shelving and storage for tools, making it a mobile workshop for woodworking, metalworking and 3D fabrication.
The 10 competitors in the Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge were given a specific design and build criteria and a budget to work with before submitting their proposal. The public was allowed to vote once a day for as many entires as they liked. Votes were based on concepts of overall design and customization, as well as enthusiasm by the builders.
This challenge is part of Ford's Markers and Movers campaign with MAKE magazine. It highlights the Transit Connect Wagon, recognizing and showcasing the owners who have used their talents to customize the vehicle. Stories and videos are shared on Makezine.com and demonstrate how Ford has created a vehicle that can be modified for any individual's personal preference.
Delehanty Ford would like to congratulate Twin Cities Maker again, whom will have their winning Hackmobile built by Ford!
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